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Jurgen Klopp explains touchline blast at Virgil van Dijk after Liverpool’s draw with Brighton


Jurgen Klopp was furious with Virgil van Dijk during Liverpool’s draw with Brighton (REX/Shutterstock)

Jurgen Klopp has played down his furious rant towards Virgil van Dijk during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Brighton on Saturday.

Liverpool appeared to be on course to secure a comfortable win as goals from Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane gave the hosts a two-goal lead after 24 minutes.

However, Brighton battled back and were able to leave Anfield with a point following goals from Enock Mwepu and Leandro Trossard.

At one point in the second half, Klopp could be seen berating Van Dijk from the touchline.

But Klopp insists the incident was ‘normal’ and he was unhappy with Van Dijk leaving space at the back.

When asked about his tense exchange with Van Dijk, Klopp said: ‘Don’t know 100 per cent, we have conversations quite a lot of times.

Jurgen Klopp says he was unhappy with Virgil van Dijk’s positioning (REX/Shutterstock)

‘So, there is never one explanation, you cannot now make a massive story of that because I said before we didn’t defend the half-spaces right. That’s the problem.

‘When the guy on the ball is not under pressure, you cannot have a high last line, so then the last line drops in that moment and all of a sudden we put pressure on it and then they have to push up again.

‘So, these kind of things, we have clear rules, clear moments for when we do what. It’s not an easy one.

‘Now I know it [what the exchange was about], it was the one where [Solly] March was pretty much the only player up-front for Brighton and Virgil was too far away.

‘In that moment it was about that but yes, a normal coach-player talk.’

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